Do you know how much sunscreen you need to use to provide the tested level of protection?
Studies have found that only 15% of Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen!
The average Australian applies just a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen required to provide the tested level of protection.
This is such a worrying statistic!
You can buy the most effective sunscreen or zinc with the highest levels of SPF and UV protection but if you don’t apply the recommended amount then even this sunscreen will not protect you sufficiently.
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Having experienced a malignant melanoma in the past, sun safety is a passionate topic for me. If you are interested in my melanoma story you can read about it HERE.
So how much sunscreen is recommended I hear you thinking.
According to research the answer is at least 40ml for your entire body.
This is divided up into:
- more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your left arm
- more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your right arm
- more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your face
- more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your neck
- more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your left leg
- more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your right leg
- more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the front of your body, and
- more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the back of your body.
Based on the above amounts a 75ml tube of sunscreen should only last you just over two trips to the beach for one person!
That’s why, owning a well utilised backyard pool, I keep the biggest pump pack of SPF50+ sunscreen I can buy at our back door for family and friends to use.
Having suffered with a malignant melanoma myself I don’t want any of my family members or friends to go through what I had to endure!
And I also don’t want you as a valued reader of Fabulous and Fun Life to suffer my fate either, hence this blog post!
There is currently a huge variety of sunscreens available in the market to enable you to find one that’s suited to your needs.
One of my favourite brands of sunscreen is SunSense which has a large range of different styles of sunscreen to suit all variety of needs.
Two of my family’s favourite sunscreen products over the past year have been SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport.
Thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) and Vitamin E these sunscreens have the additional benefits of added moisturisers and anti-oxidants, giving you skincare as well as sunscreen! So brilliant!
Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+ and are easy to apply and readily absorbed.
They are also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested and Australian made and owned.
Now however they have both been reformulated to an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.
They were my family’s favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more!
They feel so light and moisturising when applied.
If you are looking for a highly effective sunscreen that isn’t horribly thick and doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin I highly recommend the SunSense Ultra and the SunSense Sport.
SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores nationally.
P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid
Do you use the recommended quantity of sunscreen?
Ingrid is a lifelong beauty lover living in Australia who started Fabulous and Fun Life in 2014 to share her love of all things beauty. Having previously worked in the health industry she loves effective beauty products that are based on scientific evidence. Also being a qualified ergonomist Ingrid is especially interested in researching & testing beauty appliances to write product buying guides to help you find the best beauty appliance to suit your specific needs. Ingrid has worked with numerous beauty brands & PR companies. To contact Ingrid, visit her contact page. Ingrid’s best beauty secret is sleeping on a silk pillowcase.